LinuxToday.com.au: Why Microsoft Office will never make it to Linux
Aug 20, 2000, 19:58 (4 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to renai43
for this link. ] "Over the last two weeks there have rumours
abounding like kangaroos that Microsoft would be porting it's
Office productivity suite to the Unix/Linux platform. Many sources,
including WinInfo, reported that Microsoft would be doing this
primarily through contracting the services of a smaller company,
Mainsoft. Who are Mainsoft? I hear you ask. A good question. A
better question is, "Will this happen at all?"
"Mainsoft are a company who have been around since about 1991.
The main focus of their business is, in simple language, making
windows applications run on the Unix platform. They do this through
an application they have developed called MainWin, which allows
Windows applications to be recompiled to run natively in the Unix
environment. MainWin provides a complete Windows API, similar to
the work being done by the Wine project, but with a history
spanning almost a decade and some good commercial backing."
"The focus of the MainWin application seems to be Windows NT,
and indeed Mainsoft have an agreement with Microsoft that allows
them complete access to the Windows NT 4 and 5 Source code. A
strategic business advantage, you might say, and one that I'm sure
is costing Mainsoft an absolute mint!"